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French and English Explorers of America

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French and English Explorers of America
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.29

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    Verrazano, explorer, faster, settle, coast, against, trade, ship, meant, along, quick, check, near, often, east, seem
     content words:    New World, Soon France, John Cabot, Jacques Cartier, Lawrence River, Martin Frobisher, Sir Francis Drake, Sir Walter Raleigh, North Carolina, Frenchman Samuel

Other Languages
     Spanish: Exploradores Franceses e Ingleses de América


French and English Explorers of America
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The Spanish were the first to start exploring the New World. Soon France and Britain joined in. They all wanted to find a quick way to China. The race was on to find the best trade route!
 
2     First, the British sent John Cabot. He made his first trip in 1497. He did not find a way to China, but he did explore the coast of Canada.
 
3     The French did not send an explorer until 1524. Verrazano explored the east coast of America. He claimed the same land Britain had claimed more than 25 years earlier. He also looked for a water route to China.
 
4     Though explorers went to America, very few colonies were started at first. Britain and France hoped to control new trade routes to China. Colonies were not important at first.

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